Ansys and PTC work to bring real time simulation to Creo

Published 19 June 2018

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: engineering, simulation, design, ptc, ansys, creo, discovery live

Ansys and PTC have announced a partnership to bring Ansys Discovery Live (ADL) directly into the Creo interface. The combined solution will be sold by PTC and its partners as part of the Creo price book and will bring together one of the beasts of 3D product engineering and the simulation world’s hottest new technology.

If you’re not familiar with it, Ansys Discovery Live offers a new approach to simulation by taking advantage of the power of GPU computing to provide simulation results in near real-time (our review from the time of launch is here). While in its original form, perhaps the longest part of the process is importing your CAD geometry into the Discovery Live system, in this instance, it should be even more efficient.

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Lenovo launches its first 15-inch VR-Ready mobile workstation

Published 13 June 2018

Posted by greg corke

Article tagged with: visualisation, nvidia, gpu, quadro, workstations, vr, lenovo, tech, mobile workstation

At NXT BLD Lenovo unveiled its first VR-Ready Certified 15-inch mobile workstation, the ThinkPad P52, which is powered by the new Quadro P3200 GPU.

It’s an important development for mobile VR as until recently almost all VR Ready mobile workstations were significantly larger machines with 17-inch displays.

Lenovo has also boosted the processor and memory, offering a choice of 8th Generation Intel Xeon and Core CPUs, including new six core models, and up to 128GB of DDR4, double that of its predecessor, the ThinkPad P51.

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Rockwell Automation splurges $1B on PTC equity as part of new partnership

Published 11 June 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: iot, ptc, tech, ar, rockwell automation, vuforia

Rockwell Automation and PTC have partnered, with Rockwell purchasing equity in PTC to the tune of over 8 per cent of the company’s worth

PTC and Rockwell Automation have announced an agreement for a strategic partnership that is expected to accelerate growth for both companies and transform their customer’s physical operations with digital technology.

As part of the partnership, industrial automation giant Rockwell Automation will make a $1 billion equity investment in PTC, and Rockwell Automation’s chairman and CEO, Blake Moret, will join PTC’s board of directors with the closing of the equity transaction.

The partnership will leverage both companies’ resources, technologies, industry expertise, and market presence - allowing for some exciting technical collaborations.

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Audi sees the light: colour and transparent 3D printed prototypes for automotive design

Published 07 June 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: prototype, 3d printing, stratasys, materials, tech, audi

Audi, with a little coaxing from Stratasys, has revealed how 3D printing parts has sped up its new vehicle approval process from a design standpoint - and it’s not necessarily the parts you’d expect either.

The Audi Pre-Series Center in Ingolstadt has built rear light covers using its Stratasys’ J750 full-color, multi-material 3D printer, nailing the colour accuracy and textures, along with the all important transparency allowed by the ‘digital materials’ process.

Physical models and prototypes for the brand require the allocation of most parts of the vehicle in an early stage of product development – everything from wheel covers and door handles to radiator grills - for which the team traditionally uses milling or molding to produce components.

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ThingX Connect IIoT platform from ThingTech launches

Published 07 June 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, iot, cloud, tech, thingtech

ThingTech has launched its ‘revolutionary’ ThingX Connect platform that looks to productise the IIoT into a simple yet configurable plug-and-play solution.

The system integrates in real time to Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) software to capture streaming data from IoT devices/sensors at the edge, that can be processed on the device’s SoC (system on chip) or connected to ThingTech Enterprise, a cloud-based EAM system with deep MRO and workflow functionalities.

Any chosen actionable intelligence gleaned from these insights can be extended to field service operations and visualised with ThingX Mobile, a mobile application that enables field service mobility with GPS navigation and mapping, enhanced scheduling and dispatch, work order optimisation, and other mobile workforce management tools.

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VR wizards Masters of Pie gain £1.6M investment

Published 05 June 2018

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: cad, design, siemens, vr, ar, masters of pie

Masters of Pie, a London-based technology outfit specialising in virtual and augmented reality software for manufacturing and wider enterprises, has gained some significant investment, to the tune of £1.6 million from Downing Ventures.

You might have seen some of its technology being demonstrated, particularly by Siemens, which has integrated a set of it into NX (in fact, that integration was demonstrated on stage today PLM Connections in Arizona).

There was an announcement around the partnership between the two, but it didn’t see much in the way of exposure.

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EOS polymers Formiga P 110 system kicks on with new Velocis edition

Published 05 June 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, eos, materials, additive manufacturing

With an install base of more than 550 systems, EOS’ Formiga machine family are among the most prevalent polymer 3D printers on the market, which means the promised 20 per cent extra productivity of its new Velocis 3D printer should be of interest.

Based on the Formiga P 110 for additive manufacturing with plastic materials, Velocis’ technical improvements are based around an accelerated heating and re-coating process, as well as an improved temperature distribution in the build chamber of the system.

This is managed by an improved heating system and software control to preheat the polymer material on the build layer, before being fused precisely using a laser beam.

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